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Geneva, Feb 26: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dedication for supporting vaccine fairness and sharing COVID-19 vaccines with over 60 countries internationally, hoping that other nations will follow his instance.
In a tweet, Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, stated that India’s assist in supplying its vaccines helps over 60 countries to start the vaccination course of.
“Thanks India & Prime Minister @narendramodi for supporting #VaccinEquity. Your dedication to #COVAX and sharing #COVID19 vaccine doses helps 60+ countries begin vaccinating their #healthworkers and other precedence teams. I hope other countries will follow your instance,” he stated within the tweet on Thursday.
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India on Wednesday dispatched the primary batch of six lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses to the African nation of Ghana beneath the COVAX facility in collaboration with UNICEF, which goals to cowl 92 countries beneath the initiative.
The doses are part of the primary batch of COVID-19 vaccine the nation is buying by means of the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX), which Ghana amongst almost 92 countries have signed into.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on February 12 stated that India has offered over 229 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines to numerous countries out of which 64 lakh doses have been equipped as grant help and 165 lakh on business foundation.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated India will proceed to take ahead the worldwide vaccine provide initiative and canopy extra countries in a phased method. Consignments of coronavirus vaccine doses have been equipped as items to Bangladesh (20 lakh), Myanmar (17 lakh), Nepal (10 lakh), Bhutan (1.5 lakh), the Maldives (1 lakh), Mauritius (1 lakh), Seychelles (50,000), Sri Lanka (5 lakh), Bahrain (1 lakh), Oman (1 lakh), Afghanistan (5 Lakhs), Barbados (1 Lakh) and Dominica (70,000), he stated.
Srivastava stated countries which acquired vaccines on business foundation are Brazil (20 lakh), Morocco (60 lakh), Bangladesh (50 lakh), Myanmar (20 lakh), Egypt (50,000), Algeria (50,000), South Africa (10 lakh), Kuwait (2 lakh) and UAE (2 lakh).
The vaccines are even being despatched to Latin American countries. India, the biggest drug producer on the planet, is presently manufacturing two COVID-19 vaccines- Covishield and Covaxin. While Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in Pune, Covaxin is being produced by Bharat Biotech.